DragonCon Day 3 – Michael Dorn, Michael Rosenbaum, and Firestorm
Sunday was a nice and easy day as compared to Saturday. There weren’t a whole bunch of panels I was anxious to see that day, and ultimately ended up not attending any panels. Instead I spent a whole bunch of time going through the Dealer Room’s, Exhibitor Room, the Celebrity Walk of Fame, and taking a bunch of pictures.
While in the Celebrity Walk of Fame, Serv and I took some time to stop by Michael Dorn’s table. Michael Dorn is best known for his role as the Klingon Worf on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’. However, that’s not the only show he’s starred on… As we approached the table, Dorn had this disinterested look on his face as some obsessive Star Trek fan was asking him about wearing all the Klingon make-up. Serv and I asked Dorn if he could pose for a photo with us. Still looking somewhat bored, he politely informed us that he couldn’t as DragonCon is very strict about celebrity photos only taking place during the scheduled photo opportunities. We were disappointed, but carried on. We then explained to Dorn that we were hoping to get his picture because we were actually big fans of the show CHiPs. At this point, Dorn really perked up. Yup, believe it or not, Dorn was a regular on CHiPs (starring in 78 episodes according to Dorn). We then spent about five minutes talking with Dorn about CHiPs. He said he stays in touch with a couple of the guys from the show and was disappointed when they didn’t contact him to be in the revival, CHiPs 2000. He went on to say that if they’d called him, he would have done the revival for free just to have the opportunity to hang out with those guys again. He also mentioned that Chris Pine (who is playing the young James T. Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek movie) is the son of Robert Pine (who played the Sergeant on CHiPs). Small world. It would have been cool to get our picture with Dorn so we could put it beside our picture from 2007 with Erik Estrada.
We also swung by Michael Rosenbaum’s table. Rosenbaum is best known as Lex Luthor on Smallville. While I watched the first few seasons of that show, I’m more a fan of Rosenbaum’s work on the Justice League cartoons as the voice of the Flash. I really wanted to get my picture with him, but he mentioned that he was probably going to skip his last photo op. So I instead settled for an autographed photo (below) and a handshake. We’re totally BFF now; I can feel it.
I also took some time to stroll through the Art Show. In all the years I’ve come to DragonCon, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never actually visited the Art Show. So this was a nice treat. Last year, my friend Sterling bought me a print of an Aquaman painting. He bought it to help inspire my writing. While I really haven’t put much time into fictional writing this past year, I do believe it’s help inspire me to write more; for example this very blog was started just six months ago. I love the Aquaman print so much I went searching to see if the same artist was there this year. His name is Tom Fleming and he’s done some fantastic paintings for both Marvel and DC. Recently he’s done some of the VS. trading card game images for DC. When I found his booth, I was in awe at his work. I quickly found the Aquaman image hanging up on his booth… and then I was taken aback by the kick-ass Firestorm image hanging right next to Aquaman. It’s almost like he knew I was coming. Needless to say, there is now a framed Firestorm print by Tom Fleming hanging on my wall right next to my framed Aquaman print.
Come back tomorrow to hear the rest of Sunday. As a sneak peek, the rest of the day included alcohol, Snake Eyes, werewolves, and the Beastie Boys. Be afraid, be very afraid.